Colin Kaepernick named GQ's 'Citizen of the year' -- (See Cover Inside)

In a feature story about the former San Francisco 49ers quarterback, the men's publication declared that he "will not be silenced."

Though Kap isn't quoted in the cover story, he appreciates the magazine recognizing his protests to make the United States a better place for minorities. The athlete agreed to the story because "he wants to reclaim the narrative of his protest." In the GQ article, many of Kap's closest friends speak about the revolutionary's goals and why they believe he's more than owed the "Citizen Of The Year" honor. 

Kap has been a free agent since last year since being dropped from the 49ers, no other NFL team has traded him, as of yet.

So, he filed a grievance with the NFL in October. His lawyer, famed celeb lawyer Mark Geragos, said in a statement: "If the NFL (as well as all professional sports teams) is to remain a meritocracy, then principled and peaceful protest -- which the owners themselves made great theater imitating weeks ago -- should not be punished and athletes should not be denied employment based on partisan political provocation by the Executive Branch of our government."

Geragos continued, "Colin Kaepernick's goal has always been, and remains, to simply be treated fairly by the league he performed at the highest level for and to return to the football playing field."

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